I’m sure most of you are aware by now that I moved house earlier this summer. (I’m hoping to write a post sometime soon about moving with 100+ books. It was a journey, let me tell you.) Anyway, one of the things that I wanted to do in my new home was support my local library. I wasn’t quite sure how good of a library it was going to be, so I went it with tentative expectations.
And OMG. I am in absolute love with my local library. It’s pretty big (at least in comparison to the library I went to in Bermuda), so they have a fair amount of stock. And in the UK, if your local library doesn’t have a book you want, you can request it from another library in the same county. (I think there might also be a version where you can request a book from anywhere in the country, but don’t quote me on that.) So even if I don’t see any books that I’d like to borrow on the physical shelves, I can go online and find all sorts of books from the other libraries.
So, what books have I been reading from the library?
- Misogynation by Laura Bates – Laura is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. In this book she looks at sexism that exists in our relationships, our workplaces, our media, in our homes and on our streets.
- Carol by Patricia Highsmith – Also known as The Price of Salt, this is a queer romance between two women. Published in 1952, it is inspired by Highsmith’s own experiences.
- My Brother’s Husband vol 1 by Gengoroh Tagame – This is a super cute manga that is all about Yaichi, a stay-at-home dad who is suddenly visited by his brother-in-law, a gay Canadian man called Mike. It’s all about Yaichi learning about his brother, who has recently passed away, and realising that Mike isn’t actually so bad, after all.
- Living with Fibromyalgia by Christine Craggs-Hinton – I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I wanted to read more about the condition, especially how and why it occurs, and how I can make my chronic pain lessen. It was very informative!
A couple of these were already in my local library so I was able to pick them up off the shelves, but some of them I did have to request. I believe that there is also a way to request books that aren’t yet in the library system at all. I might request a couple of new releases that I’m excited to get my hands on.
I’m really excited to use the library to read books that I’ve always meant to read but never got around to (hello, Six of Crows), as well as finding new books that I’ve never heard of before. Do you use your local library? Let me know!